Awaiti Gardens


The Garden

The gardens have been landscaped with a large variety of Northern Hemisphere trees one of the largest collections in a private garden in the Wairarapa along with New Zealand natives ,which are host to native birds Tuis, Owls , Bellbirds and Wood Pigeons which come and go when food is available.

The gardens are complimented with Dahlias, Iris, Roses, Lilies, Peonies and much more and water loving plants through out the season.

Autumn at Awaiti is as spectacular as the spring with temperatures that range from minus 5 deg's up to 35 deg's in the summer and it sits well in May for lovely colours.
A place of must see if you are in the Wairarapa 10 minutes from Masterton and 5 from Carterton 2.5 km's of the main highway look for Chester Rd.

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The Gardener

Awaiti, a labour of love for the Gates family, is run as a family business by Jeanette and Alan Gates with help from their daughter Katrina Jordan. The property has been in the Gates family since the early 1900's.


Garden Details

Chester Road, R D 1, Carterton, Wairarapa 5951 , Wairarapa. From Carterton: After Carterton, carry on along SH2 for 1 kilometre until you come to Clareville Showgrounds. Turn left onto Chester Road for 2.4 km. Awaiti Gardens is sign posted on your left. From Masterton: Head south from Masterton, carry on along SH2 until you come to Clareville Showgrounds. Turn right onto Chester Road for 2.4 km. Awaiti Gardens is sign posted on your left.
06 379 8478
06 379 8478
Contact Person
Jeanette & Allan Gates
Open Times: Gardens, Homestead Tearooms, Gift Shop and Gallery are open from September 1 to April 30. Gardens open Thursday to Sunday 10am - 4pm and Public Holiday Mondays. (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, by appointment only for groups larger than 14 ) Closed Christmas day. June to August (appointment only ).
Garden Size
6 acres, allow 1-2 hours for your visit.
We have an entry charge to the garden.
( Please note, large groups need to make prior arrangements with us)
Brochure Available?
Yes, we can post this out if you wish.
There is an extensive carpark suitable for turning buses and parking, with easy access to road.
Food Available
The Awaiti Homestead Tearooms have only hot and cold drinks available, however you are able to bring your own food.
Food supplied for groups of 15 or more.
Located through out the garden
Feel free to bring your picnic and enjoy it in the gardens
Wheelchair Access
Yes fully wheel chair accessable including toilets
Dogs Allowed
No please leave your dog at home
Children Allowed
Awaiti Gardens is becoming an increasingly popular location for outdoor weddings. We have the perfect romantic location such as our ... formal garden pond backdrop bridges promenade or a wide selection of lush garden areas.
Plants/Other Sales
Shop at our Christmas shop which has decorations, lights, trees, and many more exquisite Christmas gifts.
Our gallery has interesting art, paintings, photography and prints plus more.
Guided Tours
Awaiti Gardens are a popular day excursion destination for guests on international cruise ships docked in Wellington. Awaiti Gardens is highly recommended for tour groups.
Other Facilities
Awaiti gift shop was built by Allan about five years ago, it took about two years in-between milking cows and developing the gardens.

The shop is exquisite inside with lots of lovely gifts as is the building with its cathedral arches and lead light windows .

Jeanette being an artist has at long last got a gallery which is up stairs , with her work, along with other artists .

The theme in the shop changes with seasons and at Christmas time it becomes a Christmas shop and a must see

The Awaiti Homestead Tearooms can accommodate 50 people comfortably for events, private functions and tour groups. Please contact us for more information.